S c h e d u l e
thursday, august 6
7:30 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Welcome
8:15 am Session 1 - Water/Wastewater
Tom Decker, Vice President, Brown and Caldwell
9:00 am Session 2 - Power
Tim Riordan, Vice President, American Electric Power
9:45 am Break
10:00 am Session 3 - LNG
Ken Medlock, Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, James A. Baker Institute, Rice University
10:45 am Session 4 - Wall Street Perspective
Michael Halloran, Senior Research Analyst, Director, Robert W. Baird and Company
11:30 am Session 5 - Commercial Construction
Richard Branch, Senior Economist, Dodge Data and Analytics
12:15 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Session 6 - Oil and Gas
John Spears, President, Spears and Associates
2:15 pm Session 7 - Petrochemical
Mark Eramo, Vice President, IHS Chemical
3:15 pm Session 8 - International Economic Outlook
Simona Mocuta, Director, IHS Economics
5:30-6:30 pm Reception (Sponsored by Robert W. Baird and Company)
Dinner on your own
friDAY, august 7
7:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:15 am Session 9 - Domestic Economic Outlook
Jeff Werling, Executive Director, Inforum/University of Maryland
9:00 am Session 10 - The Widening Talent Gap
Ben Dollar, Partner, Deloitte
9:45 am Session 11 - Oil Sands
Marty Brotschul, Partner, Deloitte
10:30 am Adjournment
august 6-7, 2015
vma market outlook workshop
renaissance blackstone hotel, chicago, il
About the Program
The Market Outlook Workshop - considered to be VMA’s premier meeting - is held in August of each year. This year’s workshop will take place August 6-7, 2015 at The Renaissance Blackstone in Chicago, IL. Attendees will hear presentations from industry leaders on the outlook for various end user markets. Additionally, attendees will receive hard information about the domestic and international economic outlook. You will return to your office with notes and PowerPoint presentations to prepare your 2016 sales and marketing forecast.
Who Should Attend
Attendance is open to any VMA or VRC member who has responsibility for sales and/or marketing. Most attendees are interested in developing business forecasts for the following year. People who have branding responsibilities may also be interested in attending.
Attendee registration is open to all VMA/VRC Members. Registration fees are $625 for the first registrant from a dues paying member company. Second and subsequent registrants from the same company can register at the reduced rate of $525 per registrant. Your registration fee includes all food events during the workshop which includes continental breakfast, breaks, lunch and Welcome Reception.
Accommodations for the 2014 Market Outlook Workshop have been arranged at The Renaissance Blackstone in Chicago at the discounted rate of $209 a night. To make reservations CLICK HERE
Or call the hotel directly at 800-468-3571. Please reference the VMA Market Outlook Meeting to receive the discounted rate. Deadline to make hotel reservations is July 7, 2015. The discounted rate is good only for the nights of August 4-7 and there is only a limited number of rooms on August 4th and August 7th. Any rooms booked by attendees outside those dates are not guaranteed the discounted rate.
registration cancellation policies
- Cancellations received up to 30 days before the event are refundable, minus a 5% registration service charge.
- Cancellations received between 15 and 29 days before the event are 75% refundable.
- Due to hotel and other event guarantees, cancellations received between 0 and 14 days prior to the events are non-refundable.
- All cancellations must be in writing to Malena Malone-Blevins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please call Malena Malone-Blevins, Meetings Manager at 202-331-8105 ext. 310 or by email at email@example.com.